samsung galaxy gear

Today at IFA 2013, Samsung has announced a host of new devices, including the Galaxy Note 3 and their new wearable accessory, the Galaxy Gear. This gadget is a smart watch that is capable of running apps, as well as take pictures. While smart watches have been around for a while, Samsung is trying to make the Gear an extension of your smartphone.

From all the leaks that were circulating over the web recently, we had a pretty good idea of what the device will look like. While some of the specs were spot on, in other  areas, they were way off. Now, let’s see exactly what technology is inside the Galaxy Gear.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Tech Specs

Even though this device is only a watch, it has some cool specs, that could rival some old smartphones. The very nifty and intelligent watch is powered by a 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage space. The device also has Bluetooth 4.0, which it will use for connecting to other devices.

samsung galaxy gear smartwatch

For noise cancellation, the Galaxy Gear will score two mics, which will pick up on outside noise and actively remove it. Within the device, we can also find an accelerometer and a gyroscope, and all these will be powered by a non-removable 315 mAh cell battery that will keep the device running for an entire day.

In the imaging department, the Galaxy Gear has a camera located on the belt, pointing outwards. It has a 1.9 MP sensor, which isn’t much by today’s standards, but it can take quick photos or 720p video. The display is a 1.63 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 320.

samsung galaxy gear smart watch The Gear will act as both an extension of your smartphone, as well as a standalone device that can be a pedometer or run its own Android apps. For the moment, there aren’t too many apps that are optimized for it, but their number is expected to rise. There are almost 70 apps available for the Galaxy Gear, including RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal for sports, Evernote, Path, TripIt, Line, Vivino and eBay.

The owner of the Galaxy Gear will be able to even talk on the device, thanks to the integrated mics and speaker. However, this will only be possible with compatible devices. S-Voice can also be used with the Galaxy Gear.

Compatibility

If you were planning on buying the Galaxy Gear, then you might want to know that off the shelves, it will only be compatible with the Note III and the new Note 10.1. However, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 users will also be able to use the Gear when they upgrade to Android 4.3.

In terms of price and availability, there wasn’t much information released, but we expect the device to be shipped with the Note 3 as soon as 25th September.


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